Detroit U-D Jesuit holds off Cass Tech for fourth straight Class A region titleBasketball  |
(PHOTO CREDIT - Dave Donoher)
Dearborn – Holding a one point halftime lead in Wednesday’s Class A regional final against Detroit Cass Tech, Detroit U-D Jesuit’s seniors came up in a big way late in the fourth quarter to help continue the Cubs’ quest to defend their Class A title.
Cass Tech would erase a 10-point third quarter deficit and take a lead early in the fourth quarter, but U-D Jesuit would retake the lead and with the help of seniors Greg Eboigbodin and Scott Nelson, the Cubs would pull away for a fourth consecutive regional title, 74-64.
With the win, U-D Jesuit (20-3) now advances back to the Class A quarterfinals where the Cubs will face Romulus on Tuesday at the University of Detroit Mercy at 5:00pm. Romulus won its regional final on Wednesday, 66-53 over Ann Arbor Pioneer.
Eboigbodin said that he felt his team’s effort coming out to start the second half was key and added that himself and other seniors felt the need to step up after being challenged by the U-D Jesuit coaching staff at halftime.
“I thought it was really important,” he said. “Coach told us (at halftime) at that we are 16 minutes from the next game and if we don’t win this game, we don’t go to the quarterfinals and they picked out the seniors and said we have to make a decision, we knew we had to come out and grinded really hard, and if we didn’t it would go the other way.”
After the Technicians took a 53-51 lead on a basket